Programs at Harris
Communities in Schools (CIS)
Communities In Schools works directly inside our campus to spot and help our students overcome the roadblocks. CIS starts by collaborating with school to understand student and community needs, and then deliver resources tailored to each our community. CIS works with local businesses, social service agencies, healthcare providers and volunteers, to give every student the confidence to own their success.
Pairing with UT Students, CIS has formed multiple mentor programs, including Reading Buddies, SPORTS, and Girl Scouts. CIS pushes into classrooms to provide SEL care, as well as, intervention pull outs with small groups of students to work on emotional support, self management, and other areas or self care that students need support in. Learn more about CIS here.
Vida Clinic partners with Austin ISD to provide a range of high quality, clinical mental health services that includes individual, family, group counseling; teletherapy services for our families, students, and staff.
Learn more about VIDA here
To apply for VIDA clinic therapy, reach our to our counselor, Daniela Garcia.
Literacy First tutors assist us with our students in primary-3rd grade. The tutors work one-to-one with students for 20-30 minutes daily, using research-based curriculum to develop our foundational reading skills– phonological awareness, letter knowledge, phonics and oral reading fluency.
Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF)
Founded in 2000, the Andy Roddick Foundation provides children from at-risk communities with high-quality learning and enriching experiences after school, spring break and summer. For nearly the last 20 years, the Foundation has impacted more than 35,000 students and has invested more than $30 million across Central Texas and beyond to transform students, their families and their communities. The programs offers different enrichment classes such as Running club, Yoga, Violin, Choir, Art, Bike club, Mindfulness, Soccer, KidsActing, Science Cooking class, robotics and homework help.
Brighter Bites program strives to create a positive change in communities identified as "food deserts" by providing fresh produce to families in these communities along with nutrition education for both parents and students. Since its inception in 2012, Brighter Bites has delivered more than 21,000,000 pounds of fresh produce and hundreds of thousands of nutrition education materials to more than 265,000 individuals (including teachers) in multiple cities across the country.
In our third year with the program, Brighter Bites has taught our students and families all about healthy eating and introduce and provided our families with weekly bags of fresh produce for 8 weeks in the fall and in the spring. Learn more about Brighter Bites Here!
Texas Central Food Bank Nutrition Program
Coach Dominguez partnered with the Texas Central Food Bank to create an after school nutrition club program every spring to teach students kid friendly, healthy recipes along with a variety of health games and lessons. Each week students get to cook a healthy recipe during class and try their creations, then get to take the recipe home to try with their families.
Neighborhood Longhorn Program
As a member of the Neighborhood Longhorn Program many of our scholars will be able to attend University of Texas events and attend College fairs in alignment with our College Readiness goals. The program provides the opportunity to envision attending college through incentives and event scholarships based on academic achievement during their years at Harris. The program also provides UT students, volunteers and staff who tutor and mentor our bulldogs throughout the school year.